National Gardening Week 2015 The good the bad and the ugly – update from the greenhouse Head-to-head with Firecracker
National Gardening Week 2015

National Gardening Week 2015

The words ‘national gardening week’ spark so much excitement and ideas in my mind. National days have somewhat become a novelty, It is always national something. National flower day, national… Read more »

The good the bad and the ugly – update from the greenhouse

The good the bad and the ugly – update from the greenhouse

Hello Everyone, When I started this blog in January, I promised you the good, the bad and the ugly. Unfortunately, this month is the bad and the ugly. Things had… Read more »

Head-to-head with Firecracker

Head-to-head with Firecracker

I think Polyanthus Firecracker is well-named–its’ flowers really create a crackling, fiery red and yellow contrast.  Each plant has flowers with slightly different markings and petal ‘frilliness’.  Firecrackers hail from… Read more »

Hardy Fuchsias – By Caroline Broome

Hardy Fuchsias – By Caroline Broome

I think hardy fuchsias are the unsung heroes of the shady garden. I have had the same fuchsia Magellanica Alba shrub for nearly twenty years. It came with us when… Read more »

Your all time favourite T&M plant

Your all time favourite T&M plant

Today we celebrate our 160th birthday! We began in a small garden behind a bakers shop in Ipswich, tended by William Thompson, the baker’s son. From the back garden we… Read more »

Plants for fragrance

Plants for fragrance

Summer is traditionally seen as the season for fragrance in our gardens. However with careful planning, you can enjoy wonderful scented flowers in your garden from spring, through summer and… Read more »

Giant Fuchsias

Giant Fuchsias

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: why my focus is on giant flowered fuchsias for 2015. Fuchsias are the star players of summer. You don’t need to be a skilled… Read more »

Chillies on the go

Chillies on the go

The trick to success with chilli sowing is to keep it simple. I’ve tried all sorts of sowing methods, from expanding coir pellets and thermostatic controlled propagators to expensive home… Read more »

What to grow on the allotment this season

What to grow on the allotment this season

With all the crocus and daffodils popping their little heads through the soil, it gets me thinking about my plan on what to grow in the coming season on the… Read more »

Pinching out Fuchsias

Pinching out Fuchsias

Let’s start at the beginning – your fuchsia plugs will be with you in the next few weeks and you will want to grow the best plants that you can… Read more »